Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955

Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955

by Lynn M. Zook


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634990677
Publisher: America Through Time
Publication date: 10/29/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 582,223
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

LYNN M. ZOOK grew up in Las Vegas during a mythic time when legendary entertainers performed regularly in town. Large neon signs proclaimed who was appearing in the showrooms up and down the famed Las Vegas Strip. The history of her adopted hometown has always been important to her and she has strived to preserve it through her historic preservation projects and writings. She conducted over 100 oral histories with long-time Las Vegans, created a first-person documentary of the town's history, and worked with others to save the Las Vegas she knew. She now shares that history through her blog,, and through her books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8

Foreword Alan Heiss 10

Introduction 14

1 The Early Years 17

2 The El Rancho Vegas: 1941-1960 24

3 The Hotel Last Frontier: 1942-2007 34

4 The Fabulous Flamingo: 1946-Present 64

5 The Thunderbird: 1948-2000 89

6 William Clark's Desert Inn: 1950-2000 102

7 The Sahara Hotel: 1952-2011 128

8 The Sands Hotel: 1952-1996 150

9 The Royal Nevada: 1955-1958 179

10 The Riviera: 1955-2015 185

11 The Dunes: 1955-1973 208

Epilogue 234

Bibliography 236

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